As the collaborative RESEARCH FOR THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE (RBT), Regina Mamou and Lara Salmon are interested in excavating the unknown from a research and body-based practice. They began their shared process at consecutive residency programs at Haven for Artists in Beirut, Lebanon, and Queens Collective in Marrakech, Morocco, from September 2018 to January 2019. Since then, RBT has created Geldwäsche at SomoS Art House in Berlin, Germany (February 2019); 7-Actions for a Concrete-Colored Sky as part of the Fluxus festival Cantos Comunes / Common Chants at The Blockhouse, a parallel program of the 13th Bienal de La Habana (April 2019); and Dazzle Camouflage as part of the performance festival Weekend at Berenice (April 2019). Their forthcoming project will be an intervention as part of PØST’s annual ‘Kamikaze’ held at MiM Gallery in Los Angeles (July 2019). Mamou and Salmon are from Los Angeles, California.
REGINA MAMOU has a research-based practice that focuses on the desire to understand the diversity of ideological systems. Her work is an amalgamation of fact and fiction, placing historical information together with falsehood to explore the power of belief systems, especially as it relates to communism and totalitarianism. This interest stems from her familial background where she grew up with the awareness of the implications of political ideology intertwined with religion. Mamou's mother, who is Polish-American, and Mamou's father, who is a Christian-Chaldean from Iraq, raised her multiculturally. As a former priest, Mamou's father left the clergy, and Iraq, for fear of persecution. For this reason, she is interested in not only the examination of social utopias but also the struggle to create community through a dystopian future. Mamou holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and received a Fulbright to Jordan. For further information please visit www.reginamamou.com.
LARA SALMON is a visual artist who works primarily in performance. In her pieces, she uses her body to produce micro movements to draw attention to the macro—global sociopolitical structures. Enacted with quiet determination, the work is at a constant interplay between overindulgence and restriction to her body. She challenges linearity by dismembering time: accelerating it through rushes of excess, or expanding it through prolonged or repetitive movement.
Lara’s body is the vessel for her practice and the mechanism through which she realizes meaning in the work. Lara’s struggle with chronic physical pain and the lifestyle of pain management she must maintain informs this endeavor. She aspires to push personal boundaries and rescind comfort as an act of respect for the complexity of human suffering.
Lara was born in San Diego, California. She has a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, completing her thesis at The American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon, and an MFA from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. She has worked and studied in the Middle East, and been involved with several projects to unite refugee aid with art—experiences that continue to inform her practice. Lara is based in Los Angeles and travels frequently to work in international communities. For further information please visit www.larasalmon.net.